Drafted: ROUND: 4 - Pick Number: 129 (DAL)
Draft Profile: BioAt high school, Jake Ferguson was rated a four-star recruit by 247 Sports and ESPN, a three-star recruit by Rivals and Scout after finishing his career with 1,795 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns. Defensively, he added 314 total tackles, 29 TFLs, 5 sacks, 5 interceptions, and 4 forced fumbles. He was heavily recruited and opted to join Wisconsin for the 2017 season.
After redshirting the 2017 season Ferguson saw action in all 13 games in 2018 with 2 starts at tight end. He was the Badgers' second-leading receiver with 36 receptions for 456 yards and 4 touchdowns.
During 2019 he started all 14 games at tight end and caught 33 passes for 407 yards with 2 touchdowns and had a QB rating when targetted of 101.2. The following season was shortened due to COVID and Ferguson started all 7 games and collected 30 receptions for 310 yards with 4 touchdowns and had a QB rating when targetted of 120.8. At season's end, he was a John Mackey Award semifinalist and also made the All-Big Ten first team.
In 2021 as a senior Ferguson made 46 receptions with 450 YDs adding 3 TDs and finished the year with a QB rating when targetted of 94.4. As a result, he made the All-Big Ten first team.
Scouting Report: Strengths
- Looks to get involved downfield and will block multiple defenders on a single play when he can. Understands his role as a blocker.
- Gets a quick release off the line. Dips his shoulder and shows some savvy 8 as a route runner to avoid contact with defenders g to get into his route.
- Good strength and effort to run through arm tackles.
- Good overall blocking skills and can hold up against linebackers - though can struggle against bigger defensive linemen
- Decent overall athletic ability with nice height (6-5), wingspan (6'5") and weight (250lbs)
- Offers a lot of versatility - has played inline, out wide, and even lined up in the backfield
- Has good hand-eye coordination and body control to turn and adjust to poorly thrown balls.
- Good vision to set up blocks and while he isn't quick enough to elude in tight quarters, and takes advantage of a defender leaning to spring for additional yardage.
- Has smooth body control, an outstanding catch radius, reliable hands, and natural ball skills to adjust to off-target throws and make the impressive catch.
- Runs solid sharp crisp routes and has shown extremely good, soft, natural hands. Consistently makes the clean catch.
Scouting Report: Weaknesses
- High cut frame and limited power in hands prevent a top blocking grade
- His athletic overall athletic ability will limit his upside - doesn't have elite strength or speed
- Gets dominated as a blocker by stronger defenders - sometimes looks like a bulked-up wide receiver
- Not a mauler needs to get meaner at the line of scrimmage - but will at least be more aggressive in the passing game when fighting for the ball
- Not a big YAC guy and lacks explosion in the open field
- Is a bit high-hipped and slow to get rolling. Frame limits upside as a blocker.
- A glider, moves faster than he appears but lacks the top-end speed to be a real threat down the seam. More of a short and intermediate-range receiver
Scouting Report: SummaryWisconsin's Jake Ferguson is a solid prospect with a limited upside due to him being neither particularly strong as a blocker nor fast as a receiver. He does however appear to have very good reliable hands, a good overall football IQ along with nice length and the ability to fight for the ball in traffic. He looks like a player who will likely carve out a career for himself as second-string TE who will add a significant contribution as a special teamer. Expect him to be selected in the later rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft.
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